Standard Life Investments

Real estate capabilities

The benefits of investing in real estate are compelling. Over the long term, the returns from real estate have a low correlation with equities and bonds. This means that real estate can help to spread risk and create diversified investment portfolios. In addition, real estate offers relatively stable income in the form of rent paid by tenants.

At Standard Life Investments, we are passionate about real estate and driven by a desire to maximise returns for our clients. Our real estate history goes back over 50 years and in that time we have gathered significant experience and global scale. As a result, we are now one of the 20 largest managers of real estate pension assets in the world*. In total, we manage real estate assets worth €18.4 billion**. With operations in six locations globally, we also have vital local knowledge and access to some of the best investment opportunities.

The scale of our business means we can invest across the real estate spectrum and offer a distinctive range of real estate portfolios. For example, investors can choose between direct (bricks and mortar), listed (companies listed on stock exchanges) and hybrid (combination of both) real estate portfolios that cover both domestic and global markets.

Within each portfolio, we work hard to optimise performance. In terms of direct real estate, for example, we continually appraise and actively manage each asset. This is possible through a team of more than 120 dedicated real estate professionals that provide expertise in all aspects of commercial real estate, including development and asset management. Therefore, when you invest in our real estate portfolios, you can rest assured that we are doing everything possible to help achieve your investment goals.

Real Estate


* Towers Watson, Global Alternatives Survey 2012
** Source: Standard Life Investments, as at 31/12/2017
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